The ranks of political reporters working on books about the Obama administration has a new distinguished member.
The Observer has learned that Chuck Todd—the defiantly goateed newsman who serves as the chief White House correspondent and political director for NBC News—has sold a book proposal to editor Geoff Shandler of Little, Brown about the first few years of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
In January, Vintage published Mr. Todd’s first book—which he wrote along with NBC director of elections Sheldon Gawaiser—called How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election.
According to Mr. Todd’s agent, Matthew Carnicelli of the Trident Media Group, Mr. Todd’s new book will be a “nuanced analytical narrative” focusing on the political relationship between President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Mr. Carnicelli noted that if things go according to plan, Mr. Todd will be delivering the manuscript to his editor in the summer of 2011 for a likely mid-2012 publication.
“Chuck has met with Clinton and Obama on a number of occasions,” Mr. Carnicelli wrote to The Observer via email on Monday afternoon. “Indeed, few other journalists in DC or New York have the type of access he has.”